NARO researchers advice coffee farmers to keep bees to boost production

By Agencies  A researcher from the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) has advised farmers to engage in bee keeping, increasing production. Bees are important in the pollination process. Dr Patrice Kasangaki, the head of the apiculture research at NARO says that bee keeping in a coffee plantation not only does it sweeten coffee for consumption but helps to increase production. The Operation Wealth Creation is one of the government interventions that were put in place to increase coffee production. Coffee seedlings have been distributed as part of the OWC. According…

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Why you should invest in Vegetable and fruit farming

Currently the demand for fruits and vegetables from Uganda has been moderate and high for organic and value added products. However, most companies or producer associations exporting fresh fruits and vegetables from Uganda are small to medium with little or no investment capacity to scale up the production and take advantage of the market demand, and hence have been unable to explore the export of value added products currently on demand in Europe and other International markets. Most of the current exports have been in raw fruits and vegetables and…

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Fin Tech to digitalize milk sales

By ABCafrica reporter Last week, the 3rd FinTech meeting of stakeholders discussed avenues through which milk delivery and sales transactions can be digitalized. The stakeholders say; if this is done, the farmers’ leadership, whose members, especially the cooperatives, are beginning to digitize their financial operations, will do so in droves. The general manager Twezimbe Area Co-operative Enterprise, Ms Rhene Nanziri Bukomeko, said: “Innovations and digitization of our operations are things we all want, but the issue now is the cost involved. She continued: “Our farmers have issues with cost involved…

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How growing pumpkins has become easy

By Agencies Pumpkins are a warm season vegetables belonging to the genus “Cucurbita”.The gourd fruit grows on vines and is mainly grown for its culinary elements Common varieties of Pumpkins grown in Uganda There are over 7 varieties of pumpkin grown in Uganda, they include sweet cream,Bala,Dulu,Onziga,Sunfish,Sugar pie, and Anderina. Soil requirements for growing Pumpkins Pumpkins do well in loamy soils with a good drainage and a high humus percentage. The soils should not be water logged as the plant can easily rot off. How to Propagate Pumpkins on your…

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